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The No. 14 Florida Gators bounced back with a straight-set victory (26-24, 25-16, 25-18) at Barnhill Arena after losing to Kentucky in five last weekend. Florida is now 3-1 in the SEC, good for fourth in the conference.

How It Went Down

As the final score indicates, the first set was very close. If either side had any sort of lead, the other team would go on a run to make it close again. At one point, the Gators led 24-21 and had a chance to close it out. However, the Razorbacks brought the score level before ultimately losing by two.

After the first set, everything changed. Florida had the momentum and wouldn’t look back.

In the second frame, the Gators led by as much as 10 at a few different points; at 17-7 and at 20-10.

Lastly, the third frame was more like the first in many ways. However, fairly early on, Florida went on an 8-1 run to take a 13-6 lead. At that point, Arkansas was in too large of a deficit to come back.


The main storyline from the match was Florida’s defensive efforts. As a team, in just three frames, the Gators racked up 13 blocks. Lauren Dooley and Holly Carlton had outrageous individual performances, picking up 12 and nine blocks respectively.

Thayer Hall led the way in digs with 15, followed by Allie Gregory with 13 and Paige Hammons with nine.

No one from Florida had a particularly clean hitting night. Rachael Kramer was the most efficient, picking up seven kills on eight attempts.

Hall picked up the most kills on the team with 10. However, it took her 31 swings and five errors to get that tally. Carlton and Hammons each contributed with eight kills as well.

As a team, the Gators hit .245. It was actually Razorback freshman outside-hitter Maggie Cartwright who led the game with 12 kills. She took 29 swings and committed three errors for a clip of .310.

Marlie Monserez continued her consistent output of assists, leading the match with 31.

What’s Next?

Next up, the Gators will travel to College Station to take on the Texas A&M Aggies. The match will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

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